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Province keeps eye on lengthy forest fire in northern Sask.

Northern Saskatchewan forest fire continues to burn well after Fond-du-Lac evacuees returned home.
Northern Saskatchewan forest fire continues to burn well after Fond-du-Lac evacuees returned home. Tine Jane Mercredi / Global News

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan Environment’s fire centre manager says the province isn’t just letting a huge blaze burn.

Scott Wasylenchuk says the province is utilizing resources as best it can to put out the 21,000-hectare blaze on Lake Athabasca that has been burning for over a month.

A former chief of the Fond-du-Lac Dene Nation, Napoleon Mecredi, says the fire is putting the community in imminent danger and he can’t understand why the province devoting more resources to fight it.

Wasylenchuk says the province doesn’t believe the fire poses any immediate risk of danger to local residents.

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